The Sugartown Earthwork: A Late Prehistoric Hilltop Site in the Upper Allegheny River Drainage
Author(s): Robert Hasenstab
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The Sugartown Earthwork, situated in Cattaraugus County, NY, is one of a series of late prehistoric hilltop earthen enclosures in the upper Allegheny River valley of southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. It was the subject of a previous SUNY Buffalo Archaeological Field School and is revisited here. Limited testing revealed evidence of habitation, maize horticulture, and shell-tempered ceramics. The earthen embankment revealed a wicker-style palisade enclosure. Radiocarbon dates obtained cluster around A.D. 1520, uncalibrated. This site, along with its related counterparts in the surrounding region, remain poorly understood in terms of their cultural affiliation, site function, and reason for their remote settings.
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The Sugartown Earthwork: A Late Prehistoric Hilltop Site in the Upper Allegheny River Drainage. Robert Hasenstab. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450132)
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